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eSafety at BFS

The Internet is very much a part of life, it is available anywhere there is a wireless or wired connection, including TV's, mobile phones, games consoles as well as computers, and laptops. As an educational establishment we recognise the importance of the internet in our students lives, not just in our primary focus of education, but also in our students social interaction, leisure pursuits and creative expression.

The Internet enhances our students' education too, with access to the internet students have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, this together with a carefully planned lesson can enhance a students' knowledge of the subject matter at hand.

Whilst we recognise these benefits and the importance of the internet, we also recognise that there are drawbacks and potential dangers to anyone who uses it, for example

  • Access to inappropriate materials. such as pornography and violence.
  • Email scams.
  • Viruses.
  • Easier access to personal information.
  • Communication with strangers.

Our Student Safe and Acceptable use of ICT agreement can be found here.

These issues and more are addressed in the college's PSHCE and tutorial curriculum e-safety lessons. Our teachers are trained to ensure our students do use the internet in their lessons in a productive and informative way, for example when asked to research a subject, students are asked to make sure their information is coming from a credible source and that they check all the facts they find to avoid misinformation. They also discuss how to recognise risk taking and how to behave responsibly online.

If students have any concerns about their or someone else’s use of the Internet or technology, it is essential they discuss these concerns with a trusted adult as soon as possible to minimise any risk.

Digital Leaders

We have a team of Digital Leaders who lead on e-safety in the school, for parents as well as in the local community.To become a fully-fledged Digital Leader, students must complete the Digital Leader training as well as attend weekly meetings. This is the second year of the programme and our students have delivered workshops at local primary schools as well as addressing professionals at the NSPCC Annual Conference. Students will also be able to discuss any concerns with a Digital Leader who would then pass concerns on to a trusted adult within school. 

We also have an email address for students or parents to contact us:


Digital Leaders NSPCC Conference

Parents and eSafety

Parents, we feel you should know how we are tackling the problem of e-safety at the college and we also wish to offer you a one stop area of the website where you can find out lots of information about e-safety so you can understand the issues and keep up with the technology yourselves. The key to being safe on the internet is education and discussion so please in your own time look through the e-safety section of our website, find out the advantages and dangers of using the internet so you can begin to feel confident that you and your family are using the internet safely and securely.

Over the course of this academic year, we will be offering Parent Information Sessions to support you in supporting your child when using the Internet and to increase your understanding of e-safety. Please look for further information in newsletters and on the website.

E-safety weblinks

One of the huge benefits to the internet is that there is now a wealth of information out there, we have gathered together a handful of websites that contain excellent resources to help you learn and keep informed about the internet and new technologies.

This website is managed by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection government agency, this site has lots of up to date information on the new technologies available for use and explains the risks of using these technologies in and easily digestible format. `

UK Safer Internet Centre
The Safer Internet Centre, holds e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet

Childnet International
Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children

Know IT All
Award winning resources for teachers and parents.

A Website where you and your children can learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer.

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.

Useful guides

We have included a selection of documents we feel are useful for parents regarding online safety. Please download and go through them with your children, revisiting them as often as needed. The safety of your children is of utmost important to us all and the relationship between student, parents/carers and school is strengthened when communication and support is visible. Please contact a member of staff if you would like any additional advice or guidance or you have a concern. 

Advice for Parents                  AskFM Online Guidance

Conversation Starters            Sexting

Facebook                               Instagram

Snapchat                               Twitter

IM Screen Time                     Family Agreement Advice and Template  

Age Guide 11-13                    Age Guide 14+

Online Gaming                      Supporting Young People